Veteran’s Day ~ 2019

Veteran’s Day

 

The following facts are made possible by the invaluable responses to the U.S. Census Bureau’s surveys. We appreciate the public’s cooperation in helping us measure America’s people, places and economy.

 

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary marking the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 to change the name to Veterans Day as a way to honor those who served in all American wars. The day honors military veterans with parades and speeches across the nation and a ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. The ceremony honors and thanks all who served in the U.S. armed forces.

 

In 2018, there were as many as 18 million Veteran’s in the USA.

 

Did you know, that if you google “Veteran’s Day Stats” you will get a host of information, a breakdown of gender, race, social status, etc. But one thing is for certain and I didn’t have to google search this, we have our freedom in the USA because of our Veteran’s.

 

Isaiah 61:1 (ESV) ~ The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;

 

Galatians 5:1 (ESV) ~ For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.

 

We also owe our freedom to one who has fought all of hell to pay for that freedom. Freedom that many take for granted today. Sure, we are able to preach on the streets, in the churches, on the steps of the courthouse, all because of the freedom that was purchased by our USA Military. However, we are able to do all of that because of a price that was paid long before the USA was even thought of.

 

Looking at Isaiah 61, he predicted the mission of the Savior and the fulfillment of that mission by Jesus Christ:

  • The Savior was to be anointed by God’s very own Spirit (v.1). All three persons of the Godhead or Trinity are mentioned here: the Spirit, the Lord (Jehovah, Yahweh), and the Messiah or Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ who so clearly fulfilled the mission spelled out in this passage. Over 700 years before Jesus came, it was predicted that God’s very own Spirit would rest on the Messiah. By the fullness of God’s Spirit, the Messiah would be equipped to fulfill His task. And the Holy Scriptures say that when Jesus Christ was baptized, the heavens were opened and the Spirit of God descended upon Him like a dove. The voice of God was heard, saying, “This is my beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased” (Mt.3:16-17). Down through history the Spirit of God has always filled God’s prophets and servants, but they were mere human beings. Therefore, the presence and power of the Spirit was always limited. But not so with the Messiah, the Savior. The very fullness of God Himself, the fullness of His Spirit, rested upon the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. As the New Testament says: Colossians 2:9 (ESV) ~ For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily,
  • The Savior was to be sent into the world on a very special mission. Keep in mind that Isaiah was preaching to the people of his own day, doing all he could to give them hope in the midst of a troubling world. Focusing their attention on the future, he pointed them to the coming of the Messiah, for their only hope was in the Savior of the world. Only He could deliver them from the trials, temptations, evil, bondages, and death of this world. The Savior’s mission was to include six very specific tasks:
    • The Savior’s mission was to preach good news to the poor (v.1). The poor means not only poor in material possessions, but also poor in spirit. A person who is poor in spirit acknowledges his utter helplessness before God, his spiritual need. He knows that he is solely dependent upon God to meet his need. He acknowledges his inability to face life and eternity apart from God, recognizing that the real blessings of life and eternity come only from a right relationship with the Lord. A person poor in spirit is humble, acknowledging that he is no better, no more superior than the next person—no matter what he may have achieved in this world (fame, fortune, power). His attitude toward others is not proud or haughty, not superior or overbearing. He acknowledges that every human being is a real person, a person who has a significant contribution to make to society and to the world. He approaches life with humility and appreciation, not as though life owes him, but as though he owes life. Christ came to preach the salvation of God to the poor, those who readily know they need to be saved. And to these God promised the kingdom of heaven.
      • Matthew 5:3 (ESV) ~ Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
      • Matthew 18:4 (ESV) ~ Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
      • Luke 14:11 (ESV) ~ For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.
      • James 4:6 (ESV) ~ But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.
      • 1 Peter 5:5 (ESV) ~ Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
    • The Savior’s mission was to heal the brokenhearted (v.1). Throughout every generation there are masses who are brokenhearted, just as there were during Isaiah’s day. These people are…
      • Crushed with grief
      • Devastated by divorce
      • Overwhelmed with financial problems
      • Blemished by sin
      • Deserted by friends
      • Consumed with loneliness
      • Ravaged by disease
      • Enslaved to the world
    • A host of experiences cause all kinds of suffering for man. Indeed, internal and external pain can be so deep that they break the human heart. To heal and bind up the heart was one of the purposes for which God was to send the Messiah. Once Jesus Christ came into the world, He immediately began to heal the brokenhearted. And He continues His healing ministry even today. Any broken heart can be restored by the touch of Jesus Christ. He longs to bind up and heal the brokenhearted.
      • Matthew 8:17 (ESV) ~ This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: “He took our illnesses and bore our diseases.”
      • Psalm 34:18 (ESV) ~ The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.
      • Isaiah 53:4 (ESV) ~ Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.
    • The Savior’s mission was to proclaim freedom to those held captive (v.1). Of course, this was not a promise that all the criminals in the world would be set free from prison. Rather, the meaning refers to the two captivating forces from which people cannot escape: the forces of sin and death. Every human being sins and cannot help but sin. And every human being dies and cannot keep from dying. Thus the human race has been taken hostage by sin and death (Ro.3:23; 6:23; 7:14; Heb. 9:27). But the Savior was to liberate or set free the human race from the bondages of sin and death. No human being has the energy, power, or ability to free him or herself. Only God can redeem people, deliver them from wickedness and death. This He has chosen to do through the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. God Himself has paid the ransom for man’s release—the ransom of a life for a life. He gave the life of His Son so that every person might be set free from the slavery of sin and death. As a result, every captive can be redeemed through the blood of the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for the sins of the human race.
      • John 3:16 (ESV) ~ For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
      • Hebrews 9:12-14 (ESV) ~ He entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer, sanctify for the purification of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.
    • The Savior’s mission was to proclaim the year of God’s salvation and the coming Day of Judgment (v.2). The acceptable year or the “year [time] of the Lord’s favor” (NIV, NLT) actually means the era, the age of salvation. When the Messiah came into the world, He was to proclaim the glorious message of God’s salvation. From the point of the Savior’s coming to the end of human history, the marvelous testimony of man’s liberation from sin and death and from the coming judgment would be declared. God’s favor or wonderful grace was to be poured out upon people. And because of God’s grace, people could now be saved. It was the task of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, to make known the grace and salvation of God for the human race. But it was also His task to make known the vengeance of God, for the Day of Judgment was coming. God was to execute vengeance against all who rejected the Messiah and His salvation. It was the God-given task of the Messiah to proclaim both salvation and judgment.
    • The Savior’s mission was to comfort all who mourned or grieved (v.2c-3). A person mourns due to being bruised physically, mentally, emotionally, psychologically, or spiritually. Mourning can be caused by such things as…
      • Disability
      • Injury
      • Disease
      • Pain
      • Financial hardship
      • Martial problems
      • Loss of a loved one
      • Unemployment
    • In essence, the Savior was to comfort all who were burdened under the weight of their suffering. When Jesus Christ came, He began to fulfill this wonderful promise. He reached out to console and reassure those who hurt. Even today He will comfort any who turn to Him in their pain and suffering. Moreover, the Savior gives two wonderful promises to those who are going through hard times and deep sorrow:
      • They will be given the clothing of beauty—gladness, joy, and praise—instead of the clothing of sackcloth and ashes.
        • John 15:11 (ESV) ~ These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.
        • John 17:13 (ESV) ~ But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves.
      • He will give them a name, a testimony of righteousness
        • Romans 14:17 (ESV) ~ For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
        • Philippians 1:11 (ESV) ~ filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
 
Pastor Andy Lambert

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